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Top 10 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Videos on YouTube

With over 100 Christmas videos currently on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel, there are plenty of amazing songs to choose from. But if you want the best and brightest available, look no further—here is a list of the top ten Christmas videos on our YouTube channel.

1. David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir—A Wondrous Christmas 

David Archuleta’s Christmas special is the most-watched of any Music & the Spoken Word broadcast on our YouTube channel. The special has more than 2.6 million views and has been watched for over 21 million minutes. Impressive!

2. Silent Night—David Archuleta and Mormon Tabernacle Choir 

The second-highest watched Christmas video is also with guest artist David Archuleta. The first performance of “Silent Night” took place on Christmas Eve in 1818. It was performed by composer and lyricist Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber in a small Austrian church, with an acoustic guitar as the only accompaniment. The church organ broke and could not be repaired before Christmas, which led to the song being composed on the guitar. One hundred ninety-two years later, Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed the song in front of 21,000 people in the Conference Center.

3. Carol of the Bells

Even if you don’t recognize the name of this Christmas song, chances are very likely that you’ve heard it. It has been featured in movies and television shows and has been covered by popular artists such as Pentatonix, Lindsey Stirling, the Piano Guys, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra (as Christmas Eve/Sarajevo). Let the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s version put you into the Christmas spirit.

4. Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

This high-energy Christmas song includes a passage from Luke 2 when the angels sang, “On earth peace, good will toward men” at the announcement of Christ’s birth.

5. O Holy Night—The King’s Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 

“O Holy Night” was based on the French poem “Minuit chrétiens” (Midnight Christians) by Placide Cappeau. The music was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847, and the song was performed the same year in France by opera singer Emily Laurey. 

6. Joy to the World

“Joy to the World” is a unique Christmas hymn because it is based on Psalm 98, rather than Luke 2, and celebrates Christ’s Second Coming more than the first. Currently, the version of “Joy to the World” with just the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square is slightly ahead of the version with guest artist David Archuleta, but it’s extremely close. 

7. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” was written by Charles Wesley and first appeared in 1739 in a collection of hymns titled Hymns and Sacred Poems. The original was set to slower music than we are now familiar with. A melody by Felix Mendelssohn, which was composed in 1840, was adapted by English musician William H. Cummings to fit “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

8. Betelehemu

This unique and energetic song was composed by a Nigerian drummer named Babatunde Olatunji. Although the song is a Christmas carol by definition, it can be performed at various times of the year due to its lyrics, sung in the original Yoruba language.

9. Jingle Bells

“Jingle Bells” was originally written as a Thanksgiving song in the 1850s and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” by composer James Lord Pierpont. It became associated with Christmas decades after its first performance in 1857. In 1965, “Jingle Bells” became the first song ever broadcast from space. 

10. Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful

“Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” is attributed to John Francis Wade from the early 1740s and was translated into English by Frederick Oakley in the 1800s. Although the music is attributed to Wade, several other musicians have been purported to have composed the music, including George Frideric Handel, John Reading, Christopher Willibald Gluck, Thomas Arne, Marcos Portugal, and King John IV of Portugal.